PUBLISHED:22:14 EST, 19 September 2012| UPDATED:22:15 EST, 19 September 2012
A new report is likely to reveal that White House staffers were involved in the Colombian prostitution scandal, with two members of the president’s advance team bringing hookers back to the hotel where he later stayed.
The revelation, if proven true, contradicts the White House’s original assertion that none of its staffers had patronized prostitutes in advance of Barack Obama’s vision to Cartagena for the Summit of the Americas in April.
The scandal ensnared 13 Secret Service agents, seven Army soldiers, two US Marines and two DEA agents — all of whom were sent to the resort city to prepare security and communications the week before the president was sent to arrive.
Until now, the White House has avoided embarrassment in the scandal and claimed none of its own advance team had participated in the hard-partying or cavorting with sex workers that sullied the name of the Secret Service.
However, Fox News reports that an internal investigation by the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Inspector General is likely to conclude two White House staffers picked up hookers and brought them back to the Cartagena Hilton where the president later stayed.
The military personnel and all but one of the Secret Service agents implicated in the scandal had been staying at the Hotel Caribe — a separate hotel.
A Secret Service official told Fox News: ‘Three US delegation members that stayed at the Hilton brought prostitutes back as overnight guests. One of them was ours and the other two were White House staffers. We knew very early that White House staffers were involved.’
Some in the Secret Service are beginning to worry that the report, which could be released as early as this week, has been whitewashed to remove or downplay the involvement of anyone working in the president’s offices.
Two senators, Susan Collins of Maine and Joseph Lieberman of Connecticut, of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, sent a letter to the inspector general demanding to know the status of the report.
They also want to know whether earlier drafts of the report were changed after they were reviewed by the Secret Service or the Department of Homeland Security.
A dozen Secret Service officers, agents and supervisors were implicated in the Colombia scandal. Eight have been forced out of the agency, three were cleared of serious misconduct and at least two employees are fighting to get their jobs back.
Controversial: Suárez leaped into notoriety after she provoked an incident at the Caribe Hotel with a Secret Service agent who refused to pay her the agreed price for a night of sex
The misconduct became public after a dispute over payment between a Secret Service agent and a prostitute at a Cartagena hotel on April 12.
All the alleged activities took place before Obama arrived in Cartagena for meetings with 33 other regional leaders, but the scandal overshadowed his visit.
Eventually, the prostitute at the centre of the scandal was revealed to be a 24-year-old woman called Dania Suarez.
Speaking on Spanish television in May she said the men were ‘stupid brutes’ and drinking vodka ‘like it was water’ in a local bar.
One of the men, identified as Arthur Huntington, would not pay the $800 he initially agreed to pay Miss Suarez
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